Silva Consulting Solutions helps organizations meet these lofty standards that the healthcare industry sets for EHS solutions. Founded by Isaiah E. Silva in 2013, Silva Consulting Solutions (SCS) provides innovative and out-of-the-box EHS consulting services and solutions for the healthcare sector. While the conventional EHS providers in the market offer predetermined or generic policies and services that could be redundant or inappropriate for a specific business model, SCS stands out from the lot by developing tailor-made tools, policies, and services for each of their EHS projects.
“We do not provide canned solutions or policies to our clients. We analyze their business before devising a solution that will not only integrate seamlessly into their workflow but can also be easily managed by its clients without additional support,” says Silva, the founder and principal of SCS.
Notably, SCS offers a wide array of EHS services, including formulating policies and procedures, implementing safety measures, and developing sustainable safety solutions. The safety solutions SCS puts forth include full-service safety programs, along with compliance management and laboratory solutions. These solutions comply with the governmental and other regulatory agencies’ regulations and provide added value to their clients’ business models. “Our solutions enable our clients to provide the best services to their staff and customers without having to worry about the changing regulations,” emphasizes Silva.
As Silva further highlights, robust implementation strategies are the critical success factor for SCS’ customer-centric EHS solutions. After onboarding a client, the SCS team goes onsite to understand and analyze the business process, workflow, and existing policies. Subsequently, an implementation plan will be created that aligns with the existing process and organizational goals. After bringing the client up to speed, systematic training will be provided to the employees without hindering the workflow. At any time, updates can be made to the training program as regulations are updated, altered, or are developed, which a successive refresher training is given. This ensures that the training program stays up to date with the current regulations. SCS closes the loop full-circle by making sure that these new policies and training will continue even after they leave.
Such extensive efforts in helping clients comply with regulations put SCS ahead of the curve. For instance, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently emphasized a regulation that warrants proper maintenance and documentation of mechanical equipment at hospitals. Against this backdrop, the SCS team implemented a regulatory document repository for one of its client hospitals. The client could leverage the data repository to house, track, and review all the necessary paperwork to ensure the safety standards of the hospital facility. Additionally, SCS provided another client with an asset-tagging solution that provides maintenance staff with specifications for the equipment upkeeping by scanning a barcode attached to it. “Instead of having to memorize every maintenance procedure, staff could view it in their mobile devices and follow those procedures to ensure that the equipment is maintained properly,” adds Silva. SCS also started an online portal for the client, where they can order the medical equipment per the Joint Commission standards that emphasize the significance of hygiene in healthcare. The SCS team delivers the equipment promptly and recollects it after usage to cleanse and store it according to the manufacturer specifications until the next order. This active inventory gets monitored and maintained thoroughly to ensure that the equipment used on patients is cent percent safe.
SCS offers a wide array of EHS services, including formulating policies and procedures, implementing safety measures, and developing safety solutions
Right now, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has put tremendous pressure on EHS providers as they are inundated with more critical responsibilities during the crisis. Besides being proactive in keeping up with these new responsibilities and regulations, SCS has been at the forefront of this battle in other roles. For instance, when the nation faced a shortage of N-95 respirators, the SCS team conducted tests to analyze the effectiveness of UV light in cleaning potentially contaminated N-95 respirators. With their data and feedback, one of their clients was able to implement and in-house disinfection program which has prolong their supply of N-95 respirators for an extended period without running out of supplies.
Along with the N-95 disinfection process, SCS has also added a wide array of projects, including asset tagging, equipment cleaning and management, document management, and blacklight inspections. Backed by extensive experience in the domain, the company is now determined to extend their impressive portfolio. SCS currently has a large project underway to build and install a bio-digester reactor at one of their client’s sites. It is novel and innovative program especially within a healthcare facility and is expected to further propel Silva Consulting Solutions in its upward trajectory.